UDC, BCP protest abuse of workers in tourism sector

SHARE   |   Monday, 07 November 2016   |   By Solomon Tjinyeka
Kekgonegile Kekgonegile

The combined opposition block Umbrella for Democratic Change UDC and Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has expressed concerns at the exploitation in the tourism sector in Ngamiland. Party leaders said this press conference that was held in Maun recently. Leading the onslaught the BCP North West regional Chairman Goretetse Kekgonegile raised concern that the indigenous means of livelihoods in Ngamiland is depleting. He said, though Botswana is rich in tourism as the second contributor to the country GDP, locals remain spectators. Kekgonegile said most of tourism operators in the country are expatriates from neighbouring South Africa and decried that Batswana working in the sector suffer exploitation and abuse from their managers. He lamented that white operators discriminate black employees; saying even unqualified white person work as managers. Some employees are even called kaffirs by their white employer, he regretted. They are at times denied leave and get fired from work if they complain, he said. “Workers are not allowed even to go to funerals of their close families and this is a great concern from the opposition,” he said. Kekgonegile decried that the labour system in Botswana is weak as workers are not protected from the abusive employers. “We need independent labours office that can protect employees than to oppress them,” he said.